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Million Dollar Money Drop: New FOX Game Show; Cancel or Keep It?

Million Dollar Money DropLast week, FOX debuted a new game show for the holiday week called Million Dollar Money Drop. Is it a good investment for the network? Will it stick around or be cancelled?

On Million Dollar Money Drop, host Kevin Pollak starts out the game by handing over $1 million to a pair of contestants. To keep it all, they must answer seven multiple choice questions correctly. The couple can distribute their cash on more than one answer but must use it all. They lose whatever cash they put on incorrect answers and must watch as it drops out of sight through trap doors. The contestants get to keep however much cash, if any, they have after answering all seven questions.

The game show debuted last Monday to a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.31 million total viewers. It ranked in third place for the 8pm timeslot. The second episode aired at 9pm to a 2.0 rating and 5.33 million, still in third place. On Tuesday at 8pm, the third installment registered a 2.2 rating and 7.04 million. At 9pm, opposite all repeats, it dropped down to a 2.0 rating and 5.57 million viewers. On Wednesday, Money Drop fell to a 1.6 rating in the demo and 4.79 million total viewers. Thursday’s installment, per fast affiliate ratings, fell again to a 1.3 rating and 4.54 million viewers.

So far, the show has averaged a 1.8 rating and 5.43 million viewers. That’s not great but its not too bad either. The competition wasn’t as tough last week but there were also a lot fewer people watching network television. On the positive side, Money Drop’s season average is almost as good as Fringe and Lie to Me and is much less expensive to produce than they are.

It’s unclear how many unaired episodes are left but has several more scheduled throughout the month of January. If the ratings for these installments are solid, it’s a safe bet that FOX will order more. At the very least, it could be a solid utility player and fill timeslots as needed.

A sidenote: If you’ve been following the news, you know that an answer from one of last Monday’s shows has been disputed. As a result, contestants Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayti have been invited to play the game again on a future episode. Presumably, for them to do that, the show will have to go back into production. The pair have yet to agree to return to the game.

What do you think? Is Million Dollar Money Drop worth watching? Would you keep it or cancel it?

 

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Vincent Hill February 9, 2011 at 11:37 am

I was expecting for the show to be on yesterday and I was so disappointed!!!

PLEASE PUT IT BACK ON!

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Kathleen February 9, 2011 at 10:50 am

I think the Million dollor Drop should deffinetly be kept

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sharon February 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm

We love the show. Please keep it on !!!!!!!

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oot February 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm

The show was great. My husband and I would compete and see how far we would go. I would hate to see it go. Put it in the right time slot and it would do just fine. We even talk about it at work so I know others watch it as well. Loved it. KEEP IT GOING!

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Shirley Ewing February 8, 2011 at 10:32 am

I love that show please keep it on

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Valerie Corbel February 5, 2011 at 10:17 am

Please keep this show on. It is so enjoyable!

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Julene February 2, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Love the show!!!! But I agree about the host, for sure need a different one. Maybe Dana Carvey? Cuba Gooding?

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annie dema February 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Love the show but the host is lousy – No personality !!

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Karon Halford February 2, 2011 at 2:00 am

Keep this show…..love the trivia!!”

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BEVERLY COLLYMORE February 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm

KEEP THE SHOW — I WANT TO BE ON IT !!

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virginia January 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I LOVE THIS SHOW.I CANT WAIT TO SEE IT EVERY WEEK.LEAVE IT ON!!!!!!!!

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Karima January 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm

This show is great: Great questions, Great tension – exciting.

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Linda January 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm

LOVE THE SHOW……LEAVE IT ON!

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Linda January 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm

LOVE THE SHOW! KEEP IT ON!!!!!!

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SANDRA HARRISON January 26, 2011 at 10:43 am

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SHOW!!! PLEASE DON’T TAKE IT OFF. BUT I AM HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME FOLLOWING WHEN IT IS ON? AND WHEN I DO WATCH AN EPISODE, THE SAME EPISODE COMES ON AGAIN WITH THE SAME CONTESDANTS AND GAMES! WHAT’S UP WITH THAT? NEED A REGULR PROGRAM SCHEDULE OF WHEN I CAN EXPECT IT COME ON AND SEE A NEW SHOW EACH TIME, NOT ANY REPEATS!!!

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Janie January 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Love the show, but hard to watch when I don’t know when it will be on. Will keep on watching if the show continues

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